New Horizons in Digital Health 2019
Registration for 1st SMITH Congress is open!

Highlight the potential of the Medical Informatics Initiative and demonstrate the added value of digital medicine: The SMITH consortium invites you to the 1st SMITH Congress at dbb forum Berlin dated 17 to 18 September 2019. The theme of the congress is “New Horizons in Digital Health 2019”.

Main topics of the congress will be:

  • interoperability and data exchange
  • improvement in patient care in intensive care  and infection medicine
  • roll-out: integration of care and clinical research
  • digital medicine: future and added value.

A representative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is inquired for the opening of the SMITH Congress. Dr. Gottfried Ludewig, Head of the Department for Digitization and Innovation of the Federal Ministry for Health as well as further-ranking experts of medical informatics and health care system will continue the debate on two days.

Registration and participation are available free as of now at

MII core data set in focus: Cooperation between SMITH and HL7 Germany e.V.

The consortia of the Medical Informatics Initiative (MII) are intensively engaged in the further development of the MII core data set. The SMITH consortium works closely with the standardization organization HL7 Deutschland e.V. and has developed common information models using the tools ART-DECOR and in several workshops on November 5th, 2018, December 13th, 2018, and most recently on April 29th and 30th, 2019.

The results have been incorporated into a first joint ART-DECOR training session for all MII consortia on 28 May.

Presently the SMITH data integration centres work closely together with their industrial partners to further develop the technical infrastructure for data extraction and transformation on the basis of the information models mentioned above.


Improving training and teaching in the MI – SMITH organizes cross-consortia Workshop

The Teaching Working Group of the SMITH Consortium held a workshop on 24.05.2019.  Representatives and experts from the MI-I consortia SMITH, DIFUTURE, HiGHmed and MIRACUM, discussed the current state of the Biomedical and Health Informatics (BMHI) learning objectives catalog.  There was a consensus that the transfer of the catalog to different disciplines is a challenge.  However, it was also thought that the catalog can be used as a tool, and that broader agreement on the catalog is the next step. As part of further consortia cooperation, a workshop is planned during the GMDS Annual Conference in Dortmund in September.

Participants from MI-I consortia SMITH, DIFUTURE, HiGHmed and MIRACUM at the Workshop

Save the Date! – SMITH Congress “New Horizons in Digital Health 2019”

After more than a year of intensive project work, the SMITH consortium is planning a look ahead to the current status of the project, the current goals, the planned roll-out and the developments and needs of digital medicine.

For this purpose, the SMITH consortium organizes the congress

New Horizons in Digital Health 2019, which will take place from 17. – 18.09.2019 in the dbb forum Berlin.

The congress will provide a platform for the dynamic exchange between medical informatics and healthcare, current practice and future developments based on the results and progress of the SMITH consortium.

The main topics of our congress will be:

  • Interoperability and data exchange
  • Improvement in patient care in intensive care and infection medicine
  • Roll-out: integration of care and clinical research
  • Digital medicine: future and added value

Further event details as well as the possibility for free registrations will be available from June 2019 at

Sustainably improve clinical research. – SMITH at the DMEA 2019

Under a new name and a new concept, the DMEA 2019 offered a central platform for digital health care at Messe Berlin exhibition centre from 9th to 11th April. The former conhIT is Europe’s largest German-language event in the field of digital health and offers a mix of trade fair, congress, training and networking events, a broad overview of current topics, products, solutions and companies of the digital supply.

In keeping with its motto “Sustainably improve clinical research”, the SMITH consortium presented itself at the exhibition stands of its partners Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Technology ISST Dortmund, März Internetwork Services AG Essen and ID GmbH & Co. KGaA Berlin. As part of the sessions of the Medical Informatics Initiative Dr. Danny Ammon (Head of Data Integration Center University Hospital Jena) and Dr. Thomas Wendt (Head of Data Integration Center University Hospital Leipzig) gave a view to the project with first results, outlooks and next steps from SMITH.

The presentation slides of the MII sessions as well as further details about the DMEA can be found here.